Well it has likely all come down to this for the 'Canes.
Win tonight, and the "bad" losses to Georgia Tech, Eastern Kentucky, and FSU, (not to mention closes defeats at Louisville and Vs UVA at home) all wash away.
Lose this evening, and the 10 road wins, including victories over Florida, Duke, and Syracuse, mean nothing.
Well that is, if you listen to the general consensus (Coach L and others will make a solid case for the Hurricanes even should they lose tonight).
Miami's RPI, per NCAA: 62. Per http://t.co/mJlFM0eLtS, 13 teams since 1991 have made tourney w/ RPI of 60 or worse.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) March 12, 2015
Right now it looks like #ACC has secured six sure spots in the NCAA Tournament. Miami's RPI means Canes may need a solid ACC Tournament run— ACCSports.com (@ACCSports) March 7, 2015
Needless to say, this is an important game for Miami Basketball.
Beating the Irish will be no small task.
Notre Dame finished the regular season an impressive 26-5, including 14-4 in the ultra competitive ACC.
They boast arguably the best player in the conference, this side of Jahlil Okafor, in superstar G Jerian Grant (16.8 ppg, 6.7 apg).
He is surrounded by all kinds of weapons, especially on the perimeter, including sharpshooter Pat Connaughton, underrated PG Demetrius Jackson, improving F Bonzi Colson, and big man Zach Auguste.
ND's high powered offense finished 14th in the country in scoring, and was 2nd overall in FG percentage.
The 'Canes and Irish met once during the regular season, 1/17 in South Bend.
Miami held an 8 point second half lead, before Notre Dame got white hot from three point range to come back and win, 75-70.
So what will it take for the Hurricanes to exact revenge,and get the late signature win the committee can not ignore?
Wings Sheldon McClellan and Davon Reed need to be at their very best on both ends of the floor.
The duo is as good as it gets when they both bring their A games.
The Irish will test them at both ends of the floor.
Angel Rodriguez played just 10 minutes for UM in last night's second round win Virginia Tech. So clearly his sprained wrist is not yet 100%
This means Miami is going to need someone else to step up in support of Reed & McClellan.
To win tonight they need some combination of Manu Lecomte, James Palmer, JaQuan Newton, or Deandre Burnett to have a big games.
Their young back court players have all had moments, both positive and negative, this season.
Tonight, to keep up with ND, they need a lot more good than bad.
The way this season has gone, you never know what to expect. After a lackluster performance against VT, this team could very well light it up tonight.
If they do, Selection Sunday just might be a day to celebrate for Miami Basketball fans.
Catch the game on ESPN2 with Dan Shulman, Shane Battier and Allison Williams making the call, as well as the ACC Network with Tim Brando and Dan Bonner.
Also tune in to the game on 560 WQAM Radio with Joe Zagacki, the Voice of the Hurricanes, and 90.5 WVUM, Miami’s student station.